5 Times aespa Didn’t Bother Hiding How Much They Love Girls’ Generation

#4 says it all

Aespa is one of the biggest rookie groups around!

Aespa | @aespa_official/Instagram

That’s not to say, however, that they can’t also be fangirls at the same time. The members have many artists that they look up to such as fellow SM Entertainment K-Pop idols Girls’ Generation.

Here are the following instances they were the biggest fans ever!

Girls’ Generation | @seojuhyun_s/Instagram

1. Karina’s Dream Come True

First up, Karina is a certified SONE. Despite winning the “Rookie of the Year” award in the Seoul Music Awards, she was more shocked at meeting Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung. She was so awe-struck, she came to the waiting room emotional and slightly disheveled. 

You know why I came back without my accessories and [with my] contact lenses like this? I met Shin Dong Yup sunbaenim, Heechul oppa, and Sooyoung unnie before I got here.

— Karina

Karina shared that it was the highlight of her life considering she’s been a huge fan of the senior girl group for years.

I’ve succeeded, everyone. I wanted to become a singer because of Girls’ Generation. She is beautiful. I have no other wishes right now.

— Karina

It was truly a memorable moment! “Although I’d regret if I die because I haven’t seen MYs [aespa’s fandom name] yet, but I’ve made my dream come true….I can’t stop myself from bragging about Sooyoung unnie.”

Karina showing off aespa’s photo with Sooyoung | aespa/YouTube

Like all true fans, she could recite the greeting of Girls’ Generation by heart: “Right now, it’s Girls’ Generation. Tomorrow, it’s Girls Generation. Forever, it’s Girls’ Generation.”

2. Winter Being Star-struck

Karina wasn’t the only one who was star-struck at meeting her idol. Winter showed off the photo aespa took with Sooyoung to the camera.

I have something to brag about here! I don’t think Karina has shown it. Only I could show it to everyone. Tada! I took a photo!

— Winter

Though she’s a celebrity herself, she was awed at the appearance of the other stars, saying, “It really felt like…I saw celebrities for the first time. A real celebrity.”

3. Free Promotions

Aespa loves Sooyoung so much, they freely promoted her K-Drama, Run On, to their fans.

Sooyoung is coming to the waiting room over there. I’m so into Run On these days. Guys, please watch Run On!

— Karina

She’s one of the main characters of the JTBC show, playing the role of Seo Dan A, the CEO of a sports agency. The K-Drama ran from December 2020 to February 2021.

Sooyoung in “Run On”

Sooyoung reciprocated their love by posting a photo of herself proudly holding up their signed album.

4. Quick Answers

In an interview with Mnet, the girls were tasked with naming the song based on the lyrics recited by a robotic voice. Though they struggled with several of them as the levels increased in difficulty…

…they had no problem at all with recognizing Girls’ Generation’s 2009 hit “Genie.” They raised their hands right away and succeeded in one try!

That’s the power of avid fans!

5. Weekly Idol

Finally, we can’t forget about their iconic performance of “Genie” in Weekly Idol. The short clip fully captured their dance skills and respect for Girls’ Generation as they were professional and powerful.

Aespa loving Girls’ Generation is the sweetest thing ever!

Aespa’s photo with Sooyoung | @sooyoungchoi/Instagram